President Obama and the 2nd Amendment – Just Be Honest, We Can Handle It

Doesn't it figure that President Obama shoots left-handed?! I'm really just kidding as I also shoot rifles and shotguns lefty (though pistols right-handed) and few serious people would accuse me of being a man of the left.  Moreover, I think the traditional left-right scale is fairly unhelpful (see here). But I do find the release of this photo by the White … Continue reading President Obama and the 2nd Amendment – Just Be Honest, We Can Handle It

Barnett on the Supreme Court on the Individual Mandate

While my fellow Pilei debate the role that moderate Republicans can play in a future return to fiscal sobriety, libertarian law prof Randy Barnett considers whether, with respect to the PPACA, it even matters. What are the chances that the Supreme Court strikes down the individual mandate, including potentially the entire bill, which lacks a … Continue reading Barnett on the Supreme Court on the Individual Mandate

Is Federal Immigration Law Constitutional?

Both sides of the current immigration debate assume that regulating immigration is the right and duty of the federal government. For conservatives, the federal government has failed in its job of enforcement, which makes it sadly necessary for states to step in. Thus we have this typical defense of the Arizona law: The same idea … Continue reading Is Federal Immigration Law Constitutional?

Thanks for the 22nd Amendment and other Constitutional limitations

Back when I was a callow youth (and Reagan supporter), I wrote a high school English paper arguing for the repeal of the 22nd Amendment.  Fortunately, I've grown up and now see the 22nd Amendment as a potentially helpful constraint on the accumulation and maintenance of power.  But it was this piece of news that led me to thank our Founders for restricting … Continue reading Thanks for the 22nd Amendment and other Constitutional limitations